RSS FeedFacebookSearch
Gary Younge
Mother's Iraq visit surprises US soldier

But a week after Susan, 48, arrived in the country with treats for her son, a bemused radio operator called him from the gates of the compound with a message: "Hey, Nick. Your mum's here."

Ms Galleymore, of California, went to Iraq with a feminist peace group, Code Pink, to gather information for a book she plans to write about Iraqi and US parents' views on the war.

But while she was there she decided, despite her son's pleas, to pay him a visit. Piecing together information from his emails and tips from journalists, she tracked him down. "It was as if he was wearing a homing device," she said.

Arriving unannounced and wearing a hijab headscarf, Ms Galleymore approached the soldiers guarding the base.

"I'm coming up behind you, I mean you no harm," she recalled in her weblog. Then she pulled out her US passport. "I have business here and I want to speak to your sergeant."

"Ma'am," the guard said, moving toward her. "Get back in your car, ma'am!"

Ms Galleymore stayed put as six soldiers moved toward her. "I will do that as soon as I talk to your sergeant," she said, and pulled down her hijab.

"You're American," one of the soldiers said. And soon she was inside talking to her son.

"What was most striking was how isolated the solders are," she said. "They're not interacting with the Iraqi people."

© Gary Younge. All Rights reserved, site built with tlc
Another Day in the Death of America
book review
Younge’s masterwork. To be read through tears. Brilliantly reported, quietly indignant and utterly gripping. Naomi Klein
 follow on twitter
RT @mart_welton: Congratulations to all those getting their A-level results today. If you have BBB at A-level or above you can still apply…
RT @BernardineEvari: Please follow the groundbreaking online #MuseumofColour UK, founded by the unstoppable Samenua Sesher. The 1st gallery…
RT @EthnicityUK: Gary Younge is interviewed by @sonikkalogan about his work on racism and gun violence in @the_hindu #DataPoint podcast. h…
RT @thefreedomi: 🚨 NEW: Saudi women’s rights activist & academic Salma al-Shehab was sentenced to 34 years in prison + 34 year travel ban f…
RT @LRB: #DawnFosterForever! On Thursday 15 September at the @LRBbookshop, @BizK1, @piercepenniless, Lynsey Hanley and @garyyounge will d…
RT @ShowunmiV: This is how we support Black women and girls https://t.co/8YmgV21zHo
RT @sonikkalogan: It's #DataPoint Pod Thursday! In this week's episode, I talk to @noraneus, @garyyounge and @Casey_J_Wooten about the U.S.…
RT @bgnoiseuk: Next month, @LRBbookshop will host an event to celebrate the life and work of Dawn Foster with @BizK1, @piercepenniless, Lyn…
Help me Twitter. The quote: ""You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming." is most commonly… https://t.co/Xs7JkiOEd5
RT @the_hindu: #DataPoint | This Thursday, @sonikkalogan takes a look at the #US gun violence epidemic, as mass shootings continue to grow…
© Gary Younge. All Rights reserved, site built with tlc